Loewe launched it’s latest collection ‘Leather Icons‘ at Harrods this week with a drinks reception attended by the brand’s Creative Director Stuart Vevers, LOVE Magazine Editor-in-Cheif Katie Grand and Harrods Fashion & Beauty Director Marigay McKee plus some of the collection’s campaign stars – Model Pixie Geldof, Designer Gala Gonzalez, Model Louis Simonon, AnOther Man Editor Ben Cobb and The Clash ex-manager Tricia Ronane.
The Loewe ‘Leather Icons’ collection consists of essential soft leather, fine suede and furry shearling garments. Stuart Vevers aimed to create a collection that is tightly edited and not restricted to seasons. Fronting the campaign shot by Daniel Jackson and styled by Katie Grand, are an array of Models, Designers, Journalists, Artists and Students that the creative team feel epitomise the effortless style and energy of these timeless pieces.
View the campaign shots and bios below:
19, is a student. The daughter of Boomtown Rats frontman and humanitarian Bob Geldof and the late style icon and TV personality Paula Yates, she is frequently trailed by paparazzi in London, fêted by the tabloid press as much for her unique style as for her celebrity parents. She is currently attending an art foundation course in south London where she is specialising in fashion, and resides in north London where she shares a flat with her best friend. Taking after her father, she also harbours rock aspirations: a talented musician who has mastered many instruments, she has recorded several self-penned tracks on which she sings and plays guitar, and is rumoured to be releasing her first single soon.
20, is a model based in New York. She rose to prominence in the spring/summer 2010 shows, when she walked the runway for Louis Vuitton, Vivienne Westwood and Giles as well as Loewe. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, her original ambition to become a model was sidelined when she showed an outstanding aptitude for athletics, and began training for the Jamaican National Junior Olympic team. Specialising in track and triathlon, disaster struck when an injury during training ruled out any chance of her being able to compete professionally. However, a chance meeting with a local talent scout brought her to the attention of New York Models, putting her on the path to the career she had always dreamed of.
19, is a London-based model and the son of Tricia Ronane. He became a cover star on his very first modelling job, when Hedi Slimane shot him for Dazed & Confused in 2008. Slimane had known him and his brother Claude for several years, and Louis’ future as an iconic model was secured when the photographer chose them both to star in Prada’s memorable menswear campaign for spring/summer 2009. Like his father Paul Simonon, the famously stylish bass player for The Clash, Louis loves music and is currently interning for a music production company.
23, is a student at Central St Martins in London, where this summer she will present the graduate collection for her BA in womenswear. Her fashion blog, am-lul.blogspot.com, which features her own looks as well as her observations on the industry, has become one of the most widely read in the world: at the end of last year it had notched up over four million hits in the previous 19 months. Such is her influence online that she has been photographed for numerous newspapers and magazines including Telva, XL, Teen Vogue and El Pais. Gala’s blog evolved from the fotolog she created to keep in touch with friends and family back home in La Coruña in the northwest of Spain. She first came to London at the age of 17, fell in love with the city, and later gave up a degree in journalism to study fashion there. In addition to her studies, she is also a working designer and is currently completing her third collection for a major Spanish fashion brand.
22, plays drums in the band These New Puritans. A four-piece from Southend, England, fronted by his twin brother Jack, their sound is experimental, percussion-driven and commonly described as ‘not easy listening’. Their second album, Hidden, was released in January 2010. George is also a catwalk model and has worked for Prada, Gucci, McQueen, Armani, Yves Saint Laurent and Givenchy. He also trained as a tailor and in his teens he worked in the atelier of Dior Homme under Hedi Slimane. He continues to model while rehearsing for the tour that will promote Hidden: ‘Music is more personal,’ he says, ‘but modelling pays the bills.’
35, is a fashion journalist and the editor of London-based menswear biannual AnOther Man. He was previously editor at large of Wonderland and editor of Man About Town, and is a regular contributor to Love magazine. He was born in London where he currently resides in Pimlico, is a regular face on trend-spotting blogs, and famously sports a fine moustache. He describes himself as ‘an obsessive collector of Italian B-movies’ and is the author of Anarchy and Alchemy: The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky.
Was the manager of seminal punk band The Clash and still looks after the business side of the band’s legacy; she describes her role now as ‘maintaining the band’s credibility while making sure people still get paid’. She is also a writer and columnist, having worked for GQ magazine. She started out as a model and took to the catwalk for British designers Anthony Price and John Galliano among others. She also did several catwalk shows for Loewe in the 1980s. But her first love was always live music: around that time she started hosting a music TV show in New York and became an MTV presenter. She first became involved with The Clash at the age of 19, eventually marrying bass player Paul Simonon, and managed the solo careers of its members after the band split up in 1986.
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34, is one of Spain’s most globally recognised models, perhaps better known by her nom de rock, Bimba Bosè, under which she fronts her band The Cabriolets. The granddaughter of bullfighter Luis Miguel Dominguín and the actress Lucia Bosè, her modelling career has seen her photographed by Steven Meisel and Mario Testino, and appear on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. She has also recorded songs with her uncle, the famous Spanish singer Miguel Bosè.
16, is a student. During the week she is away at boarding school in Somerset, but at the weekend she likes to hang out at Portobello Road Market near her home in West London. She loves fashion, which is perhaps no surprise given the industry credentials of her family: her mother is the photographers’ agent Camilla Lowther, her father is location scout Charles Aboah, and her older sister Adwoa is a model. After taking her GCSEs this summer Kesewa hopes to study art, philosophy, photography and English at A-level.
45, is an artist. He was born in Kent in the south of England and studied art at London’s prestigious St Martins School of Art the late Eighties. He made his name as an artist at the end of the Nineties with his intricate and often large-scale paper cuts – or ‘doilies’, as he prefers to refer to them. His work has brought a punk-flavoured sharpness to this antiquated and largely forgotten craft, and his work exhibits a fluidity that belies the stiff and starchy origins of the doily. In recent years he has used his old paper cuts as stencils to create images in paint on glass. His stylish patterns have found favour in the fashion industry, and he has worked on projects with the legendary stylist Isabella Blow, Japanese designer Junya Watanabe and the Victoria & Albert Museum.